Kiana Verdugo will serve as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) intern for the 2018-19 academic year, the Conference office announced.
Verdugo – who graduated from Hamline University in May with degrees in Secondary Education and English – officially began her one-year appointment with the MIAC on August 8, 2018. She will assist the Conference office with all aspects of operation, including championship and event management, strategic planning, film exchange, sports information, compliance, and governance, in addition to working with the MIAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) – a group she now represents on a national level as the MIAC and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) representative on the NCAA Division III SAAC, where she serves on the Championships and Strategic Communication committees.
"Interning at the MIAC office is a great opportunity for me to learn and grow," Verdugo said. "I loved competing in the MIAC as a student-athlete and I am eager to work with current student-athletes and the member schools."
A decorated track and field student-athlete at Hamline, Verdugo took home an individual Conference championship in the weight throw this past March and finished second in the hammer in May. Verdugo got the job done in the classroom as well, earning Academic All-Conference accolades twice before being named an Academic All-America honoree by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as a senior. She was also nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year in 2018.
Beyond competing as a MIAC student-athlete, Verdugo has also represented the Conference as part of several professional development opportunities, including serving on the event planning staff for the record-breaking Tommie-Johnnie football game at Target Field last fall and participating in the 2017 NCAA Student Immersion and Career Next Steps program.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Kiana to our staff," MIAC Commissioner Dan McKane said. "She brings outstanding experience to this position and will be a tremendous asset to our membership this year."
Verdugo takes the place of St. Olaf softball student-athlete and current MIAC SAAC President Emily Carr, who interned with the Conference office over the summer. The former Piper and Tucson, Ariz. native emerged from a talented pool of candidates for the one-year MIAC internship position through a formal search process.